What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Explain that there are a number of quotations around the room which are about forests. Ask the pupils to walk around and read the quotes, then select the one they like the best and stand next to it. They should form groups around their chosen quote and discuss what is its significance and meaning. Each group then shares their quote and sums up what the group liked about it.
Introduce the idea of a timeline that is setting out actual and / or likely events along a specific timescale. Explain to the class that they will be exploring the future of the world's forests using this timeline. Some will think about the Scots pine forest and some will think about the Congo Basin rainforests. In groups, pupils should add to the timeline what major events have happened to the forest so far. They can find out this information from A History of two Forests activity sheets.
Next they need to think about what they hope will happen to the forest in the future and add this to the 'preferable' line. Finally pupils should reflect together on what they think will probably happen to the forest and put this on the 'probable' line. Their thinking should be informed by all the previous work on forests they have done.
Hold a discussion with the class comparing their probable and possible imagined futures for the forests. Use the reflection and evaluation points below.